{mosimage}There are very few acts that sell-out the Crown Coliseum, and those that do usually have a number of acts that draw people in. That wasn’t the case last year when veteran comedian Steve Harvey opened at the facility. Harvey packed the house on the strength of his comedy alone, and that’s saying a lot.
     Harvey, a West Virginia native, is best known as the star of the WB comedy that bears his name, The Steve Harvey Show, but he came to fame as one of the four comedians featured in the Spike Lee film The Original Kings of Comedy. These days, you can catch Harvey on re-runs or live on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, a nationally syndicated radio program.
     He began his comedy career doing stand-up in the ‘80s, which eventually led to a stint hosting It’s Showtime at the Apollo. His show The Steve Harvey Show was very popular in the African-American community, but never gain the critical acclaim he thought it would outside the community. The show featured his friend, Cedric the Entertainer, who he also toured with on the Kings of Comedy Tour.
     Beyond his comedy, Harvey has released a hip hop and R&B CD, authored a book and launched a clothing line. On the big screen, he gave voice to one of the flies on Racing Stripes, and had a role in The Fighting Temptations, alongside Cuba Gooding and Beyonce.
     When not performing, Harvey invests his time with the Disney Dreamers Academy. The first iteration was in 2008. The Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey is a teen-focused personal and professional enrichment event at the Walt Disney World Resort. One hundred teens were involved in the event.
     He also works with the Steve Harvey Foundation, whose main goal is to improve public schools in urban areas by upgrading facilities; purchasing books; technology; and other essential resources that will allow middle and high school students to envision and realize their dreams.
     Harvey will headline the show at the Crown on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $41 and $34; with military ID, tickets are $40 and $33. Tickets may be purchased at the Crown Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com

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